Virtual learning fits me. I do not, however, discount the reflections from SLIS students that forewarn of the copious readings required for online classes. Moreover, the lack of “human” communication online – the misunderstandings, hurt feelings, or competing agendas that may result from delayed/asynchronous feedback or missing physical cues like body language and tone of voice – is somewhat worrying to me.
The Working in Teams presentation by SLIS colloquium speaker Dr. Ken Haycock, analyzes the progressive stages of online teamwork; the Storming Stage includes misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and competing agendas as mentioned above. Dr. Haycock teaches that a team leader and team members must progress through the Storming Stage, and through each of three other stages, in order to produce a winning product. I will remember to apply these stages to SLIS teamwork:
- Forming Stage – establish ground rules and team roles
- Storming Stage – bear unavoidable conflict, blame, and disillusionment
- Norming Stage – overcome the Storming Stage with positive behaviors and constructive criticisms
- Performing Stage – produce the final product
The Monster Inside Library School: Student Teams is an apt presentation by Enid Irwin. At the beginning of the presentation, Enid suggests that our careers begin when we start our first SLIS class. Our studies – and predominantly, our teamwork – will prepare us for the rest of our professional lives!